DailyDirt: Biodegradable Materials Are Good For... Cars?

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Lots of folks are working on projects to make car parts out of biodegradable materials. Growing car parts sounds like a cool idea, but there are still some bugs to be worked out (sometimes literally). Here are just a few examples of green materials that might make it into cars someday. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    AG Wright (profile), Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 6:07pm


    If you think they make a nice salad you've never tried them. Blech bitter.

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    Pixelation, Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 6:21pm

    "Biodegradable car parts could be made with natural fiber composite materials"

    Hopefully it will improve the flavor as well.

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    Ed C., Jun 3rd, 2011 @ 7:42pm

    Dandelion car

    You mean like this one?

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    Michael Ho (profile), Jun 4th, 2011 @ 1:03pm

    Re: dandelions

    heh. well a "nice" salad is in the eye of the beholder....

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    madis_l, Jun 6th, 2011 @ 12:04am

    Bad Idea

    I have a car with Biodegradable plastic parts:
    It is all-most impossible to get good preserved white/yellow steering wheel or any other white plastic part for this car.
    So I am not happy at all.

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    Darryl, Jun 6th, 2011 @ 3:28am

    why the /sarc about tech ?

    most car parts are allready biodegradable, the only thing that have a very long degrade time is the plastics.

    Rubber degrades very quickly (rubber comes from trees remember), and steal degrades (rusts).

    you also do not need petrolium products to make plastics and nylone, you just need carbon, its just the cheapest source of carbon is from oil.

    Lots of things produce carbon apart from oil, as you said feathers, trees, grass.

    the only reason things are created that do not biodegrade is because it's cheaper to make.

    so what you buy a car now do you worry that your tyres are going to 'biodegrade" before 100,000mls ?

    All you have to do is make the manufacturer of the product (in this case the car) responsible for any product that they produce for the life of that product.

    So all the parts that are not biodegradable, have to be sent back to the manufacturer, and they are not allowed to 'throw away' those item, but they HAVE to recycle it.

    And alot of companies are doing just that these days.

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    Mike42 (profile), Jun 6th, 2011 @ 9:44am


    Ah, yes, this is exactly the philosophy which caused people's cars to be disabled by rabbits.
    http://www.wacktrap.com/travel/air-travel/under-hood-winked-denver-airport-parking-rabbits -eat-car-wiring

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